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Montrose Foundation Newsletter Winter 2013

Make the circle bigger! And that’s exactly what the Montrose Foundation has been doing over the past year. Our Programmes have evolved, our team has expanded, our partnerships have deepened and support from our patrons is growing. We would like to take this opportunity to update you on the Foundation’s development.

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Equine Youth Development Programme

A total of 231 youth from 17 NGOS have successfully completed the EYDP and the waiting list continues to grow. The programme now includes an additional hour of experiential learning and this element is proving to be extremely effective. We would like to especially thank our patron Lorraine Forbes, for her invaluable contribution to the programme’s evolution.

Margaret's House, a residential care facility for orphaned and abandoned children had this to say about the EYDP “as carers, we have seen first-hand the positive effects of the programme on our boys. For their part the boys enjoyed themselves immensely and we are grateful to the Montrose Foundation for providing an invaluable experience to the children of Margaret's House."

R5,000 funds one youth while R40,000 funds a full youth group to complete the 8 week Equine Youth Development Programme.

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Caregiver Programme

We have been hard at work with the development of our second key initiative, the Caregiver Programme, which provides emotional support and substance abuse education to Caregivers who work with disadvantaged communities in South Africa.

30 Caregivers from 15 NGOS have already successfully completed the Caregiver Programme, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the popularity of the Programme, and more importantly with the positive impact it is having on the Caregivers, supporting healthier communities.

A word about the Caregiver Programme from Johanna Boshoff, Head of Ikamva Labantu, “The Caregiver Programmes brought my focus back on track and this opportunity allowed me to get in touch with me again. The insight and learning over these ten weeks is still so overwhelming that I often look for words to describe it. The impact is so great that I already see the changes in my approach further to this I also know the people around me are getting the benefit. One thing is sure that every person who works with children, youth and adults, especially broken people should have this opportunity as it can add huge value and depth to the (caregiving) individual”.

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Langeburg Substance Abuse Action Group (LSAAG)

The Langeberg Municipal region in the Western Cape consists of 5 towns, Bonnievale, Robertson, Ashton, Montagu and Mc Gregor, commonly referred to as BRAMM. Not only are these areas well known for producing some of the best wines in the country, but four of the towns have the highest incidence of FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) worldwide.

In response to the scourge of addiction facing the region, the Graham and Rhona Beck Development Trust initiated the launch of LSAAG in 2012, with the vision of creating a substance abuse free Langeberg area, through focusing on sustainable approaches to prevention, treatment and aftercare through a collaborative, centralised and co-ordinated approach by LSAAG members. The Montrose Foundation is proud to adopt LSAAG as one of our core projects in 2013, and a very special thank you to the Graham and Rhona Beck Foundation and the Graham and Rhona Beck Development Trust for their constant support.

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Find Help Find Hope

The Find Help, Find Hope Programme is aimed at educating and helping people to find practical solutions to addiction.

As a first step, we launched the Find Help, Find Hope website which offers an extensive treatment facility database as well as vital tips on staying clean and sober, information on the Twelve Step programme, extensive information on various drugs and help for addicts and those affected by addicts.

We also have an experienced Addiction Support Mentor available on-line and telephonically to assist with any addiction and substance abuse related help or information. This assistance extends to the provision of  informational, educational and support services to individuals and organisations.

If you or someone you know needs help with addiction or substance abuse, here’s where you can find a great deal of information Get Help | Get Support.

 

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Events

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January was an incredibly busy month for the Foundation having been selected as a beneficiary of the L’Ormarins Queens Plate horse race, undoubtedly a “must attend” event on the Cape Town racing and social calendar. We are sincerely appreciative to Mrs. Gaynor Rupert for this wonderful gesture.

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We hosted our first ever Patron Dinner in mid January - it was a privilege to welcome Premier Helen Zille as our guest speaker for the evening and were encouraged by her insight into the scope of substance abuse and support of the Foundation’s work. It was much appreciated to have legendary SA jockey Mr. Felix Coetzee share his personal experience in the Foundation’s arena – what a moving speech!
 

Guests were treated to fine dining at the new De Grendel restaurant, and we are most grateful to the Graaff family and the Stonehage Charitable Trust, for sponsoring the event. Last, but definitely not least, we would like to say a special thank you to all our wonderful Trustees, in particular, Ms. Rachel Slack and Mr Johnny Graaff for their involvement in arranging what turned out to be such an enjoyable evening.

 
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The Foundation also hosted our first Philanthropy in Action Day (PIA) for the year which provided guests with the opportunity to meet a group of youth at risk as well as to meet the therapists with hooves (the horses) and facilitators and to experience the EYDP programme in action. Feedback was so positive that we’ve decided to host another PIA Day on the 30th of May 2013.

 

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Sponsor a Horse

   
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The Foundation’s horses have very important jobs, helping people emotionally and/or physically, and just like us humans, horses have basic needs including veterinary care, hoof care, nutritional needs and vaccinations.

While R2,000 is required for the upkeep of a horse for the duration of a 8 week equine youth development programme, there is no minimum sponsorship fee requirement or duration commitment.
   

I’m ready to sponsor a horse! How do I start? CLICK HERE

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Donating to the Foundation

We hope you will partner with us to help our programmes grow by making a contribution via any of the online options below:

ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX EXEMPT IN TERMS OF SECTION 18(A) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT OF 1962. PBO NUMBER: 930030786.

Your donation makes it possible to also address the increasing violence and crime directly related to substance abuse in South Africa.

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Thank You to our Donors

We would like to especially thank and acknowledge our donors and friends of the foundation for your generous and committed support.

We would also like to especially acknowledge the support of The Mary Slack and Daughters Foundation, The Graham and Rhona Beck Development Trust, The Graham and Rhona Beck Foundation, The Lorraine Forbes Trust, Giuseppe Ciucci, The Stonehage Charitable Trust, The Pick ‘n Pay Ackerman Family Foundation, Lord and Lady Laidlaw, Anthony Peter and Sir David and Lady Sally Graaff.

"As one person YOU cannot change the world, but YOU can change the world for one person."